Rev. Alvin Ray Cox

May 31, 1946 ‒ September 18, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Rev. Alvin Ray Cox, 74, of Delaware, Ohio, passed peacefully at his home surrounded by his family to his eternal home with the Lord and Savior on Friday, September 18, after a valiant battle with cancer the past 6 years. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Alvin was born at home on May 31, 1946 to the late Paul and Blanche (King) Cox, in Gilmer County, West Virginia. He was number 4 of their 8 children. He grew up on a farm and the story of him preaching to the cows as a young child was told over and over to his family. Alvin served as a member of the West Virginia Army Reserves.

He married Beverly (Shaver) on June 22, 1968 and they celebrated 52 years together. In their love, they had three children, DeeDee, Jeff & Jeremy. They added 5 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Alvin was a devoted husband and loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his loving family.

Alvin earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas. Alvin was an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ for 35 years. He served 8 churches as their minister in the states of West Virginia, Kansas, Ohio and Indiana. Locally, he served as pastor at Radnor Baptist Church for ten years. As a pastor, he married all three of his children and oldest grandson. He was a kind, patient, generous, sweet, loving Man of God, who spent his life work faithfully modeling a Christian life and serving our Lord as he ministered to others. He was welcomed into Heaven with the words, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.”

He is survived by his wife Beverly; his daughter, DeeDee (Mark) James; his sons, Jeff (Amy Fathbruckner) Cox and Jeremy (Laurie Curl) Cox; his grandchildren, Cameron (Lyndsay Norris) James, Alicia James (Lincoln Yoder), Nathan (Devan Osborne) Cox, Anna (Collin) Jones, and Cayden Cox; great-granddaughter, Fallon James; his brothers, Avon (Jerry Sue) Cox and Arden Cox; sister, Linda Cox; sister-in-law, Judy Cox; brother-in-law, Fred Beech.

In addition to his parents, He was preceded in death by his brothers Clyde (Mae) Cox and Roger Cox; his sisters Ruth Ann Beech and Karen Beech.

The family will receive friends on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. @ West William St., Delaware, where Masonic services conducted by the Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 18 will be held at 7:45 pm. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Radnor Baptist Church, 4050 Radnor Road, Radnor with Chaplain Michael Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Radnor Cemetery.

If you would like to make a donation in Alvin’s memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Central Ohio, go to Alvin benefited from their services during his illness.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Cox family.

Condolences and memories are gladly accepted at

  • Dear Family:

    Our prayer’s are with you, we know this is not Goodbye, just see you later ! God has gained a great man in his Kingdom ! May God’s word and love continue to comfort you all ! 🙏🙏

  • Dear Bev:
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Alvin’s passing. He was a kind and gentle man and will be truly missed. With heartfelt love and deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Les and Sharon Melton
    Charleston, WV

  • I can’t put into words how my heart hurts for you knowing you will miss him daily. I am so very glad I was able to see you just a few days ago. Praying for you all with comfort from our Lord’s presence. Truly he fought the fight and kept the faith. Such a sweet gentle man. ❤

  • Dear Cox Family,

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Alvin Cox. You are in my thoughts and prayers

    Ken McWhorter

  • Dear Bev and Cox Family,

    I am saddened to learn of Alvin’s passing. He was a great and wonderful man and a powerful influence in my life, both as my Pastor and a mentor to me of what a Godly man should be. Truly he is deserving of hearing the Master say, “well done my good and faithful servant.”

    Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss and know that you are all in my prayers.

    Bill Morningstar
    President, ABMen USA

  • Beverly it’s been so many years that you may not remember me. Roger Gene Johnson and Connie Sue (Buzzard) Johnson from Union Valley Baptist Church in Parkersburg, WV. I have thought of you and Alvin over the years and tried to keep track of you during your ministry.
    Our heart is heavy today as we learned of Alvin’s passing but rejoice as he entered the presence of Jesus and completely healed!!! Prayers for all of you in the days and months ahead. He was always a great man to be around and unknown to him helped our decision to enter the ministry as well for the past 25 years. He influenced more people than he will ever know!!!! Blessings on you and your family!!!

  • Bev, was very sorry to hear this sad news. Prayers for you and the family.
    Alvin was a gem and I was blessed to serve with him at Kanawha City Baptist. He has fought the good fight and now he is at peace with our LORD. I am sure he was greeted with: Well done good and faithful servant, enter into your rest.
    May God grant you all comfort, strength, and peace in the time ahead. Blessings on you all.

  • Beverly and Family- Clearly Alvan was a loving man and loved by many. I did not know him but remember well the young girl he married.

  • Roger just let us know about Alvin. I am so sorry Bev. We share so many good memories of the early years of our marriages. God was so good to lead us to good men of God. So glad to know we will meet again. Gary snd I have retired for the last almost 20 years. We live in Little River near Myrtle Beach SC. We will be praying for you and your family.

  • Dear Bev,
    I just learned of Alvin’s passing. I’m so sorry. Prayers for comfort for you and your family during this time of loss.
    Kim Carlton

  • Dear Bev and family,

    It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing if Reverend Cox . He was so good to our family, especially to our dad when he became ill. I remember him telling us that preaching our father’s funeral was one of the hardest things he had done.

    I send love and prayers from our family to yours.

    Susan Thompson Keener